Tuesday, 10 January ‘23

This week’s overview of key events and links to essential reading.

Tuesday, 10 January ‘23

This week’s overview of key events and links to essential reading.

Tuesday, 10 January, 2023

ICC Conference Set for March

Justice ministers from around the world are set to convene in London in March to support the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation of war crimes in Ukraine, the British ministry of justice announced on January 7.

ICC prosecutor Karim Khan KC will brief the event on the court’s work and the role of the international community in supporting its investigations.

The meeting will also increase the global financial and practical support being offered to the ICC and coordinate efforts to ensure it can prosecute those responsible for war crimes in Ukraine, the official statement read.

The Hague City Council has also favoured an initiative to host a special tribunal to prosecute Russia.

ECHR Decisions as Reparations Instrument

Ukraine sees future rulings by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) against Russia’s invasion as a tool to support monetary damages, Ukrainian deputy minister of justice Iryna Mydra told the KP in Ukraine media outlet

Ukraine has filed five lawsuits against the Russian Federation to the ECtHR, including one case concerning the full-scale invasion, the official said. However, as Russia has left the Council of Europe and the Convention on Human Rights it has no duty to comply with court decisions adopted after its exit. In these circumstances, Mydra said, Ukraine considers an ECHR decision a political tool that could be used to monetise decisions on compensation for damages caused by Russian aggression.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced that Russia had inflicted more than 700 billion US dollars of damages on Ukraine since the start of the full-scale invasion.

Investigations in Kharkiv Region

Law enforcement officers have notified 16 Russian servicemen of suspicion of committing war crimes in the Kharkiv region, according to regional police chief Volodymyr Tymoshko.

He reported that Ukrainian law enforcement officers had found more than 920 bodies of civilians in the liberated territories  - including 25 children - killed as a result of the Russian military invasion.

Of this number, 656 have been identified.

The official photos of war crimes documentations are here and here.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian law enforcement officers established the identities of three Russian soldiers who participated in the kidnapping and torture of civilians in the temporarily captured districts of the Zaporizhzhia region.

Suspicions Issued in Civilian Killings Near Kyiv

Ukrainian law enforcement officers have identified ten Russian soldiers suspected of killing 13 civilians and injuring six as they attempted to prevent people from fleeing the Kyiv region in spring 2022.

Two battalion tactical groups from the 5th separate tank brigade of the Russian Federation were among the first to enter the territory of Ukraine from Belarus. On March 3, they went to the Zhytomyr road near Kyiv city. One group took up a position in the village of Berezivka, the second at a gas station near the village of Mila.

Between March 4-25, the occupying forces set up combat positions from which they shot at cars carryinvg civilians trying to evacuate. As a result, 13 people died and six were injured.

The second battalion tactical group is believed to have committed the most shootings.

See official photos and video on the police website here.

This publication was prepared under the “Ukraine Voices Project" implemented with the financial support of the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO).

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